Field Operations Branch
The Field Operations Branch of HASAR is responsible for the ground search component of the organization. Headed by the Operations Commander, the Field Operations Branch trains specifically for local ground searches using traditional search and rescue procedures as well as technology.
HASAR includes a well trained volunteer ground based search component. Volunteers joining HASAR will be trained as Probationary Searchers for a six month period whereby they learn:
- Basic Search and Rescue (BSAR)
- ICS 100
- Respectful Workplace Training
- Standard First Aid & CPR (St. John Ambulance)
- Confined Space Awareness (NFPA 1006)
- Swift Water Awareness (NFPA 1006)
- Ice Rescue Awareness (NFPA 1006)
Once a trained General Searcher, the volunteer may gain additional training, as well as start leadership positions within the organization.
Search team positions include:
- First Aider
- Searcher - Flagger
Team Leaders are the first level of leadership in HASAR and lead four Searchers on a deployment. The Team Leader is responsible for their assigned track, GPS and all components of the team.
The Platoon Lieutenant is the second in charge of the Platoon and assists the Platoon Captain in their duties. The Platoon Lieutenant can fill in for the Platoon Captain where need be.
The Platoon Captain is the head of their Platoon and is responsible for the training and safety of each of their members. The Platoon Captain is the liaison between the Searchers and the Incident Commanders.